Slicing is among golf's most common faults. Ron Kaspriske offers some exercises that can help you counter the problem in the gym.
Released on 12/9/2014
|Executive Producer:||Harrison Levinson|
Hi, I'm Ron Kaspriske, fitness editor for Golf Digest,
and this is Get Golf Fit.
Today we're gonna talk about slicing.
You know, there are a lot of ways to slice a ball,
but in reality it only happens for one reason.
If your club face is open at impact in relation
to the path you're swinging on, you're gonna
hit that big banana ball out to the right.
Use two exercises you can do in the gym
that'll actually get you to close the club face
through impact and start hitting straighter shots.
So let's get to it.
Typically what you see with slices is they make
a very armsy swing; they lack connection between
their body and their arms so they can't square
the club face properly.
So what we're gonna do is show you a beginner exercise
that's gonna help maintain that connection
when you swing through.
This is my buddy Ryan here,
this hunk of a guy.
He's gonna demonstrate a bent-over row using a phisio ball.
Now if you don't have a phisio ball, you can also use
a bench, but what's important is that you really plant
one arm down into that, you wanna push down.
This engages your scapula, your shoulder blades,
very important for this exercise.
When Ryan is in this bent over position
notice how straight his spine is,
it's in a real neutral position,
that's very important.
So if you can do this, eight to 10 reps,
then you're gonna flip and do the other side,
don't forget always do both sides.
And that's the bent-over row,
this is your beginner exercise.
You know a big problem that slicers have
is that they don't initiate the down swing
with their lower body.
Everything sort of moves together
and they cut across the ball
and the ball goes off to the right.
Well this exercise that Ryan is gonna demonstrate
can help with that.
It's called the lateral heisman.
So you notice he starts in an address posture
with the med ball out in front of him,
and then as he's rotating toward me with his upper body
look what his pelvis is doing,
it's rotating in the opposite direction, right?
That's that change of direction
you need at the top of the backswing,
very important if you wanna get rid of that banana ball.
So remember, if you wanna cure that slice in the gym,
shoulder stability and lower body mobility,
these two exercises will definitely help you with both.
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